What's on over the festive period
Christmas events in West Edinburgh
It’s not just the city centre where the lights are switched on. There are several sparkling events in west Edinburgh.
Christmas in Queensferry on Thursday 3 December at 6pm. The family event includes live street entertainment, Christmas stalls, a Santa-led torchlight procession along the high street and the Christmas lights being switched on. www.christmasinqueensferry.org
Corstorphine Christmas Tree Lights:
Corstorphine Old Parish Church on Thursday 3 December at 6pm.
Davidson’s Mains Lights:
Friday 11 December.
Hopetoun House, Shore Road, Queensferry, EH30 9SL. Hopetoun’s Christmas Shopping Fair is on until 29 November from 10am-4.30pm.
Celebrating its 10th year, get your Christmas gifts early from the 60 stalls selling accessories and Scottish foodstuffs.
Family craft workshop on Saturday 12 December from 10.30am-12pm. £5 for adults and £3 for children. Spend a morning absorbed in the spirit of Christmas making decorations. Mince pies and music provided.
Adult Christmas craft workshop on Saturday 12 December from 2pm-4pm. Cost £20. A chance to make two Christmas decorations to take home with you. www.hopetounhouse.com
Experience the magic of Christmas by taking part in crafts workshops in the old castle kitchen. Each workshop is £15 and includes coffee and cake.
Christmas Stained Glass on Friday 4 December from 10.30am-3.30pm. Explore stained glass techniques and make your own glass panels.
Beaded bracelets and brooches on Sunday 6 December from 10.30am-3.30pm. Make unique jewellery with ribbon, lace and beads.
New England country wreaths on Friday 11 December from 10.30am-3.30pm. Country-inspired wreaths made from gingham.
Fresh cranberry wreaths on Sunday 13 December from 10.30-3.30pm. Fresh wreaths from cranberry, gingham and hand-painted wood.
A Very Sparkly Christmas on Tuesday 15 December from 10.30am-3.30pm. Make handmade Christmas cards from a variety of materials.
Fresh Green Christmas wreaths on Thursday 17 December from 10am-3.30pm. Make a huge natural Christmas wreath from greenery grown in the castle woodlands.
Or you can try these workshops…
Enchanted Edwardian Christmas for families, costing £6 on Saturday 28 November from 10am-12.30pm or 2pm-4pm. Learn how the Edwardians celebrated Christmas, enjoy hot chocolate in the old castle kitchen with the chance to make crafts.
Magical Advent Calendars, costing £4 on Sunday 29 November from 10am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-4pm. Make a special advent calendar in time for 1 December, which can be filled with little presents.
The Christmas Wishing Tree – £4 on Saturday 5 December from 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-3.30pm. Make a magical wishing tree in a pot.
Trinkets for the tree – £4 on Saturday 12 December from 10.30am-12.30pm or 1.30pm-3.30pm. Your chance to make Indian and South Americans decorations for your Christmas tree.
The Magic of Christmas for Families – £5 on Sunday 20 December from 11am-3.30pm. Spend a day in the maid’s hall exploring a variety of Christmas projects. Bring a lunch with you. Lauriston Castle, 2a Cramond Road South, EH4 5QD. 0131 529 3963.